The Dallas Stars closed what was shaping up to be a disastrous road swing on a high note, grabbing a 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers with a three-point performance by Corey Perry. And yes, you will probably never hear the end of that now.
Now comes a home stand that stretches out an unnaturally compressed schedule to allow for rest, practice, and – hopefully – a marked reversal in the team’s recent fortunes. Stars senior staff writer Mike Heika surveys the current territory:
So, let’s look at it this way: Dallas is off to a 2-7-1 start after playing seven of the first 10 games on the road and battling through the league’s most compact schedule. This team now has seven games over a span of 21 days, six of which are at home.
They need to take advantage of that.
”We needed to get one to start, a good win in a tough building. But we still know what we need to do, we’re not going to be satisfied by any means,” Stars goalie Ben Bishop said after a 4-1 win in Philadelphia Saturday. “We’ve got a homestand where we need to go start trying to pile up the wins. We know where we are and what we need to do.”
Since several of the team’s best players have had their best performances at home, this stretch will be especially important:
Bottom line, the Stars are more comfortable at home. Everyone is. And this homestand has a few added bonuses, too. The Stars have not had even one two-day break in the first three weeks of the season. They have five in the next three weeks, including a four-day stretch before they head out on a four-game road trip in mid-November.
”It’s going to be nice to play at home, get some days inbetween games where we can get our rest and get some practices in and clean it up a little bit,” said captain Jamie Benn. “We definitely love playing in front of our fans, so we’re all looking forward to it.”
There’s more at Mike’s place. [Dallas Stars]
Corey Perry: Dallas Stars hero. It’s true, though.
Corey Perry had a big three-point effort for Dallas in win at Philadelphia. @seanshapiro with a good read on what the Stars should expect from the winger. Current and former #NHLDucks teammates weigh in. https://t.co/AJS8HCt9AV— Eric Stephens (@icemancometh) October 20, 2019
Meanwhile, Denis Gurianov and Roope Hintz are the speedsters we need.
Denis Gurianov was strong last game in Philly after finding his confidence with the @TexasStars. He'll look to keep things going tonight against Ottawa.#OTTvsDAL | #GoStars pic.twitter.com/LTPuAT3TkB— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) October 21, 2019
For Ben Bishop, last night’s Texas tornado struck home, literally.
Jamie Benn drove over to Ben Bishop's last night to lend some help.— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) October 21, 2019
"I think everybody responded in the right way. Everybody is helping out everybody."#GoStars pic.twitter.com/5TjO5Z7Fbt
And a home Tyler Seguin owns but does not live in suffered extensively.
Thanks to everyone reaching out about the news tonight, I am safe. Luckily this is my house for sale and I have moved into a new one. I just left the area and it is an extremely sad sight to see. Prayers to everyone affected by the tornado. https://t.co/wT6XlUBi8N— Tyler Seguin (@tseguinofficial) October 21, 2019
Around The League(s)
In On The #Kill Taker
- The Minnesota Wild scratched out a 4-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens with help from two (2) power-play goals. [Hockey Wilderness]
- The Chicago Blackhawks dropped a 5-3 decision to the Washington Capitals, despite the presence of hot prospect Kirby Dach. [Second City Hockey]
- And the Winnipeg Jets made a meal of it, but ultimately won the North with a 1-0 shootout victory over the Edmonton Oilers. [Arctic Ice Hockey]
Here’s one of those brother moments that only seems to happen in the NHL, as Quinn Hughes’ team allows Jack Hughes’ first NHL goal.
#Canucks' Quinn Hughes gets a front-row seat to brother Jack's first NHL goal for the #NJDevils pic.twitter.com/y3gUmMOQzf— Hockey Night in Canada (@hockeynight) October 19, 2019
John Carlson is one of those really good players who never seems to get any love during awards season. Could this be his year?
John Carlson tied a record held by Bobby Orr and Paul Coffey and is leading the league in scoring after 10 games. It's still early, but could this the season Carlson's offense finally scores his way to a Norris Trophy?@THNJaredClinton with more:https://t.co/A1ewcz1e0c— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) October 21, 2019
Now everyone wants to be the December Basement-Dweller That Makes Good, just like in an ’80s underdog movie. But the NHL is not a movie, and it’s harder than it looks.
Weekend power rankings: Every slow starter wants to be this year’s Blues. What if you’re already worse? Plus top and bottom fives and lots more... https://t.co/g2oBBagucm pic.twitter.com/m2K1MBzctK— Down Goes Brown (@DownGoesBrown) October 21, 2019
Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park
In case you missed it: a big night for big Texas Stars hero Travis Morin. Enjoy.
Relive the moment when the #23 was raised to the rafters at @HEBCenter. pic.twitter.com/OrGym3LzXU— Texas Stars (@TexasStars) October 20, 2019